Posts tagged ‘tips for writers’

Sep 04 2019
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Maximize readiness for your next great writing idea

Maximize readiness for your next great writing idea

Sometimes, an amazing idea hits at the worst possible time. Maybe you’re in the parent pickup line at your child’s school and out of nowhere, you realize how to solve a problem your novel’s main character is having. Or you’re up to your elbows in tomato sauce during a late-summer canning spree when a strong image or first line of your next poem bursts into your consciousness. How many of those ideas actually make it…

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Jun 05 2019
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Spring-clean your writing practice in 3 steps

Spring-clean your writing practice in 3 steps

Shawna Ayoub Ainslie shares some practical tips for tidying up your cache of drafts and completed works to make writing time more efficient. Is there anything so ominous as a backlog of unfinished writing? Writers are artists who go through creative and . . . less creative periods. Creativity is marked by productivity. The words seem to arrive on the page with little effort, but that does not mean writing is completed. Raise your hand…

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Apr 10 2019
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7 writing tips for moving from rut to routine

7 writing tips for moving from rut to routine

Adapted from a 2015 Tips for Beginning Writers post on the benefits and logistics of establishing a writing routine, if you’ve struggled to do so. Maybe you aren’t a routine kind of person. Some of us are; some of us aren’t. But I’m guessing that if you’re reading a blog post about writing tips, you’re open to suggestion. Because there are precious few writers out there who can subsist solely from practicing their craft, most…

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Jun 06 2018
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When writer’s block is really a breakthrough

When writer's block is really a breakthrough

Shawna Ayoub Ainslie explains how what feels like a roadblock might actually be a breakthrough to the story you’ve been trying to write—and how to keep moving forward. A writing student recently shared with me that he has been stuck for three months on the story he’s developing. He wrote a chapter, then felt the pull away from that piece to another. This was troubling for him because he is a person who keeps his…

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Nov 06 2014
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Fitting in: Is this a poem, story, or essay?

Fitting in: Is this a poem, story, or essay?

Lately I find myself writing things that are not poems. I’ve always considered myself a poet first and foremost, and a year or two ago, it would have been unheard of for me to sit down to write in any other genre. It didn’t even cross my mind. I thought in poems. Then my lines started growing longer. I started reading more poems in prose. Then I wrote a short story. And another. Then I…

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